NBA Finals: Warriors blank Cavaliers; win 3rd title in 4 years

MANILA, Philippines – Total domination. That’s the story of game 4 as the Golden State Warriors sweeped the Cleveland Cavaliers, 108-85 and retained their NBA title on Saturday, June 9, 2018 (Manila Time) at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland Ohio, USA.

Stephen Curry and the Warriors won their 3rd NBA Title in 4 years
Sweeter than sweep: Stephen Curry and the Warriors won their 3rd NBA Title in 4 years against their familiar opponent: LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers | Photo Credit: Entertainment Tonight

With a 3-0 series advantage, obviously, Golden State wanted to end everything today and the Warriors didn’t want to give the Cavaliers any winning momentum. With these things in mind, the Dubs placed themselves in attack mode as soon as they stepped on the floor.

Not only the Warriors had intensified their offense early in the 1st quarter, their defense as well was unbelievable. Kevin Durant alone had 2 blocks that held off Cavs to just 3 points in 5 minutes.

The Warriors poured too many threes early in this game. Stephen Curry who was a sleeper in game 3 had already tallied 12 points. Golden State gave Cleveland a horrific beating and the Cavaliers had no answer at all.

Despite Cleveland giving away 6 triples in the first, the Cavaliers only trailed the Warriors by 9, 34-25.

Cavs bounced back as they started the 2nd period and found themselves ahead by 1 due to Lebron James’ offensive initiatives and the entire team’s fast-paced game.

Andre Iguodala helped his team got back after Cleveland’s 11-2 scoring run. Iguodala, just like Curry dropped 3 three pointers to regain the lead.

After giving Cleveland a taste of momentary lead, Golden State ended the half with another 9-point advantage 61-52. Stephen Curry led all players with 20 while LeBron james had 16 under his name.

Not a good 3rd quarter start for the Cavs as the Dubs increased their lead to 15 and Stephen Curry kept on bucketing points as well as Golden State’s silent hero, Javale Mcgee.

Even though Klay Thompson was not a factor in this game, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry who are both worthy of the Finals MVP plum, were really slaying the Cavaliers from both inside and outside.

Cleveland’s woes got even deeper as LeBron James committed his 4th personal foul with more than 3 minutes left in the third.

The Cavaliers looked too tired and gassed out at the latter phase of the 3rd quarter. Aside from shooting blanks, Cavs were not getting the boards offensively and defensively. Even James slowed down and missed several easy shots.

The Warriors were just a quarter away from ending the season with another title. 86-65 in favor of the Dubs.

As the 4th quarter approached, Coach Ty Lue seemed to surrender as he let Kevin Love, JR Smith and Tristan Thompson sit on the bench while Larry Nance Jr., Kyle Korver and Rodney Hood took their respective places on court with LeBron James.

With 4:03 left in the game, Warriors’ were up 102-77 and Cleveland called it all over as Lebron James headed to the bleachers and replaced by Cedi Osman. James finished game 4 with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists.

With a 25-point lead on his team’s side, Coach Steve Kerr pulled out his star players and let his reserves wrap-up the game. Stephen Curry’s 37 points with 7 treys were the key factors in today’s game and copping another title.

The Warriors officially closed the season and notched their 3rd title in 4 years, 108-85 as the final horn sounded in the Quicken Loans Arena.

Congrats, Dubs Nation! Kudos to the Cavs too for giving the fans a good Finals!

— Joey Boy Capos, The Summit Express

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